How to identify

The Ptarmigan is a game bird, slightly larger than a Grey Partridge. In summer, it is a mixture of grey, brown and black on top with white bellies and wings. In winter, it becomes totally white, except for its tail and eye-patch, which remain black. It breeds in the highest mountains of the Highlands of Scotland on the Arctic-like landscape there. Birds are residents, rarely moving far from breeding sites. In extreme cold weather, birds may move from the highest ground to the edge of forests.



Patrik Åberg / xeno-canto


  1. Resident
  2. Passage
  3. Summer
  4. Winter
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun
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  8. Aug
  9. Sep
  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec

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